Delhi metro services resume after 169 days with strict guidelines
New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday resumed the train services after a gap of 169 days on the 49-km long Yellow Line between Samaypur Badli and HUDA City Centre stations.
The services were suspended since March 22 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There were happy faces inside the metro as they were waiting for a long time for resumption of metro services. After Unlock 4, many offices were opened in the national capital and the office goers were facing a lot of difficulties in commuting.
Train services began at 7 am in the morning on the Yellow Line with a lot of strict guidelines. Extra staff has been deployed at the metro stations, especially the bigger ones like Rajiv Chowk. The extra deployment was done to ensure the safe travel for passengers with proper adherence to the guidelines.
Security staff were seen using rods attached to the metal detectors to ensure adequate social distancing. Thermal scanning was also carried out at the stations. People were allowed after sanitising their hands.
The services on other lines will be fully operational by September 12. The passengers have been advised to talk less while commuting in the train.
The DMRC had already issued detailed guidelines stating dos and don’ts for the passengers.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday expressed happiness on the start of Delhi metro service. He took to Twitter to say, “I am happy that metro services are starting from today. The DMRC has made good arrangements. We should also not become complacent.”
The DMRC has appealed to people to use metro services only when it is urgent.